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Posted on: October 10, 2018

City Requests Vendor Proposals for New Pop-Up Shop

The City of Columbia will re-open the newly remodeled one room Shoemaker School House located at 6 Gall Road with frontage along the busy Route 3 corridor as a year round pop-up shop prior to the upcoming Christmas season.  Vendors, entrepreneurs, makers and retailers who currently have a tax ID number are encouraged to apply to sell their wares at the low cost, short term space.

      POP-UP SHOP Columbia, Illinois is an initiative of the City of Columbia’s Department of Community Development to offer a short term, low cost license agreement in one of its vacant properties. Situated in a highly traveled and visible location, POP-UP SHOP creates an environment that engages customers and validates the City of Columbia as an up and coming player in the retail arena. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for retail entrepreneurs to test their business concepts and the Columbia, Illinois market. We value or safe and thriving community, the residents, businesses and local entrepreneurs who make their home here and the visitors who come to enjoy and support them.

      “For only $5 per day which will be donated to a Columbia non-profit organization of the vendor’s choice, plus a cleaning fee and refundable damage deposit, a vendor can spend as little as 5 days and up to 33 days selling their products at the POP-UP SHOP” says Sue Spargo, Community Relations and Tourism Coordinator for the City. “It’s fun for customers and visitors to anticipate what new shop will pop up next, and a great opportunity for proprietors to sell their products.”

      To learn more and apply to become a vendor, please visit the POP-UP SHOP website at,

      POP-UP SHOP was previously a one room school house built in 1898 and has since been renovated to provide a unique and exciting space for our vendors.

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